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2-Methyltetrahydrofuran (2-MeTHF) is a renewable solvent and its reactant is obtained from biomass by hydrogenation of products, which are derived from carbohydrate fractions of hemicellulose from various feedstocks. It is biodegradable, with a promising ecological/environmental footprint and good preliminary toxicity assessment, and it is easily recyclable.
2-MeTHF is a readily available, inexpensive, neoteric, and bio-based solvent. It is used in various chemical processes, such as batch manufacturing of fine chemicals, enzymatic polycondensation, and ring-opening polymerization. Addition of a methyl group at the 2-position intensely improves chemical stability to strongly basic organic alkaline reagents, allows reactions at elevated temperatures, and avoids or limits the use of toxic & flammable solvents such as diethyl ether.
Its physical and chemical properties, such as low miscibility with water, boiling point, and high stability, as compared to other cyclic solvents such as THF, make it suitable for applications in syntheses involving organometallics, organocatalysis, and biotransformation or for processing lignocellulosic materials.
2-MeTHF is an eco-friendly solvent, and is used for the extraction of bioactive components from natural sources. 2-MeTHF, with the molecular formula C5H10O, is a clear liquid that is obtained from renewable sources, such as corncobs and sugar cane bagasse.
The global 2-methyl tetrahydrofuran market is segmented into less than 99% and 99% & above. Chemicals and reagents are essential in the production and testing of medical devices, biologics, pharmaceuticals, tissue, and cell-based products, and other healthcare-related solutions.
Researchers and laboratories who use chemicals and reagents depend on chemical producers to correctly identify the grades of each chemical and verify that the chemicals meet all regulatory and compliance standards for their intended usage. The less than 99% segment is expected to expand at a substantial growth rate during the forecast period.
The growth is attributed to the increasing demand for 2-methyl tetrahydrofuran with purity of less than 99% in the food and pharmaceuticals industries. 2-methyltetrahydrofuran is available in various purity grades and it is used as a solvent for the extraction of carotenoids and aromas. Increasing demand for medicine has raised the demand for specific grades, such as less than 99%.
The 99% & above segment is expected to hold significant market share in 2030. Demand for 2-methyl tetrahydrofuran with a purity of 99% & above in laboratories and for research purposes is growing at a fast pace. 2-methyl tetrahydrofuran with a purity of 99% & above is known as a high-quality chemical grade; however, the specific impurities are unknown. It is pure enough for educational purposes; however, it does not fulfill the purity requirements for food or medicine usage.